Cravings: Downtown breakfast, lunch eatery offers made-from-scratch favorites

Shawn Scroggin opened Cravings Restaurant with her business partner in 2008.

Shawn Scroggin opened Cravings Restaurant with her business partner in 2008.

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The Envy sandwich
Shawn Scroggin, a mother of four, was with her children at New Braunfels’ Landa Park when she met fellow mom Cassandra Lindemann. The two former teachers became friends, then business partners.

“We were looking for a way to generate income without going back to teaching, because we were busy raising our kids,” Scroggin said.

The pair opened Cravings restaurant in 2008 and relocated to the current downtown location at 712 W. San Antonio St. two years later.

“I like being downtown, Scroggin said. “I like having that small-town feel and having a place where people can come over and visit and eat.”

Lindemann died in 2015, and Scroggin continued running the restaurant, which still serves Lindemann’s special recipe for homemade garlic sauce on its sandwiches.

“The restaurant was something that we both worked for,” Scroggin said. “It was a dream of ours, and our friendship still lives on in that dream.”

What started as a lunch-only eatery now also serves breakfast. A popular breakfast item is the Bob Wills, a breakfast sandwich with ham, cheddar, bacon, a fried egg, peanut butter and jelly.

All breakfast and lunch sandwiches come on freshly baked sweet yeast rolls, and entrées are completed with a side of seasoned crackers—called Firecrackers—that are made using Scroggin’s grandmother’s recipe.

“We’re the home of The Envy,” Scroggin said, alluding to Cravings’ popular turkey sandwich that is served with garlic sauce, cheese, roasted onions and mushrooms atop a bed of spinach.

Cravings also offers an assortment of made-from-scratch soups, salads and desserts, including cupcakes, pies, cookies and cake. The restaurant can accommodate catered boxed lunches to go when ordered a day in advance.

Scroggin describes the restaurant as having a care-free, cafe atmosphere that features a convenient drive-thru window and an outdoor patio where guests can enjoy the sunshine. Employees of the restaurant experience a “fun, not real corporate” environment that centers around friendship, Scroggin said.

Cravings will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Sept. 17. An “attitude of gratitude” is what Scroggin says keeps the business thriving.

“I’m thankful to be here and thankful even to be in business every day.”
By Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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